Illumination–to shed light on; spiritual or intellectual enlightenment; clarification.

Art is a form of illumination. Art does not create or invent meaning; it shines a light on a truth or reality that already existed through its relationship to other art and the cultural context for which it was created.

“The sudden illumination—

We had the experience but missed the meaning,

And approach to the meaning restores the experience

In a different form, beyond any meaning

We can assign to happiness. I have said before

That the past experience revived in the meaning

Is not the experience of one life only

But of many generations—not forgetting”

~T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

About Jacob Rowan:

Jacob Rowan’s drawings explore how the intangibilities of thought can be transcribed into material substance. His interests range from ancient cosmologies to science-fiction and all the  philosophies, theologies, and aesthetics in between. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2019) and received a BA in Art from Belhaven University (2012). His work has been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows throughout the country and abroad. He currently lives in Jackson, MS where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Belhaven University.

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